I´m often asked to give advice on how to get better at drawing and what kind of tools I use, so I put together some links for you. Hope this is helpful…
Books about drawing that I highly recommend:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
The basics! The infos in this book are extremely helpful and applied correctly they will improve your drawing skills dramatically in a very short time. Also they are 90% of everything you´ll ever need to know about drawing. The rest is practice, practice and practice some more.
The Artist´s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder
This book shows you how to develope a beautiful shading technique using hatching along with a meditative state of mind. There are tons of excellent, excellent drawings by the author in here as well (which are worth the money for the book all by themselves).
The Artist´s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan
Learn more about drawing the facial features, shading and understanding the whole process of drawing.
The Artist´s Way by Julia Cameron
Not about drawing, but about art and creativity itself, no matter if it´s music, drawing, visual arts or any other kind of art. The best book about creativity I´ve read. I highly recommend it for… well everybody. Because it´s just good! ;)
The Artist´s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron
Not really necessary, but if you want to get even more out of the “Artist´s Way“-book and work with the exercises more intensely, this is the book for you. (Along with the other books of the author)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by Betty Edwards
Again not really necessary if you have the other book by Betty Edwards, but if you want to really improve your basic drawing skills and work more intensely with the recommended exercises, this book is very helpful. I guarantee, that you will see dramatic improvements in your skills by working this book through from a to b no matter at what stage of developement you are.
Stars by Sebastian Krüger
This is a fun one by an favourite artist of mine. I find his caricatures very inspiring, funny and deep at the same time.
My weapons of choice:
Lead holder with Leads (from B to 6B) (just a personal preference, normal graphite pencils will do the job too)
Eraser Pen (I L.O.V.E. it!)
Electric Eraser (great tool!)
Good drawing paper like this
Sooo I hope this was helpful… :)